ARLINGTON (CBS11) – Rangers fans spent a scorching day at Globe Life Park as the Rangers played a day game against the Colorado Rockies.
There was one spot that was especially punishing as the midday sun beat down blazed.
“You know what, I think it’s kind of attracted to us right here in this corner, you know?” said Megan Weadon who glanced at the sky squinting as she was helping set up the patio for a small party.
The spot Weadon was working is called the wedge. Nestled between the home run porch and first base bleachers, it’s a field-level patio with no shade, no breeze and no escaping temperatures caused an analog thermometer needle to quiver back and forth quickly somewhere around 110 degrees.
“Its just too much,” Weadon gasped. “It’s almost breaking your thermometer! So, I don’t know. I don’t know what to think about that.”
A small fan circulated some air in one corner of the patio in a desperate attempt to stay cool.
“Also lots of Budweiser will help out today!” Weadon laughed.
But even the beer on ice can barely alter the impact of the oppressive heat.
“They said around 1 o’clock the sun will be behind and you’ll be in the shade but I don’t know if that will help with the heat,” Weadon said.
The rangers had medical crews on standby for heat related injuries.
But the bleachers in the sun were mostly barren. There were far fewer than the announced 20,000 in attendance. Many of the people who did attend retreated into the concourse seeking shade.
“Yeah, it’s getting up every now and then and try to get on the shade and cool off a little bit,” said Ryan Solice who traveled from Louisiana to attend.
“We’re down in the 13th row so it’s full of sun,” said Brook Oliver who paused to speak in the shade of the concourse. “So, I’m just kind of hanging out in the shade little bit. I did some shopping. Got some water. Got some mother-in-law presents to make her happy.”
Oliver, like others, was doing anything she possibly could at the ballpark that didn’t involve sitting in the sun.
“That’s right!” She laughed.
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